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Easy Photo Edit in PS

by Steph on 12 March 2012
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I love Photoshop and all of it’s neat-o photo editing capabilities. But, if I’m being honest, the actual photo editing it not my favorite thing. However, there is one thing that I do to all my photos. And that is play with the levels. It’s so easy to instantly make your photo POP with levels. So here we go.

First open your photo. Here is a picture of my son outside for a winter walk. It was cloudy that day and the lighting isn’t that great. This photo looks ok straight out of the camera, but we can make it better.

Next You are going to open up your levels box. The short cut way is Command/Control L.

Or Go to Image->Adjustments->Levels. This will bring up a box like this-

The black arrows control the dark hues and the white arrows control the white…But I don’t even mess with that. I just click auto. :)

Below is the picture after I clicked auto. But I wanted the snow to be a touch brighter. So I clicked on the white eye dropper {to the Right of the box} then clicked on the snow. Doing this will brighten your white tones. Same with the black eye dropper, except this will bring out your darker tones.

See the differences? This is an super easy and fast edit that makes almost any picture look better. Have fun and experiment with levels!

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1 SnickerdoodleDesigns 12 March 2012 at 9:02 pm

What an absolutely GREAT tip! Thanks, Steph! The difference is amazing!

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2 Carol 12 March 2012 at 10:46 pm

Oh my word, this is great. I love this tutorial. I’ve never tried the eye dropper when trying to make my old family pictures look better after scanning them. I must try this for sure. Thank you very much for this tutorial.

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3 Donna 12 March 2012 at 11:50 pm

Great tip & I can’t wait to try it! I’ve been trying to cut back on the amount of time I spend editing my pics (I’m very new to all this & VERY slow!)…I’ve been spending more time editing than actually scrappin’ & that’s not good! At least, in my opinion : )

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4 Pat 17 June 2012 at 7:26 pm

Great Tutorial, and if you have a PSE 8 for Mac, you can do the same thing using CMD L (command L) or using the menu, select Enhance/Adjust Lighting/Levels. Works great! I’ve never used Levels before and I think this will be great. Great information, Steph!!!

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5 laluna 31 May 2013 at 4:21 pm

Great tut!!

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